Associated Press, May 23, 2005
say church should support birth control
Most Texas Catholics disagree with the church's
position on birth control, according to the
Scripps Howard Texas Poll.
Seventy-four percent of Catholics believe the
church should back birth control, the poll
The poll randomly surveyed 1,000 adult Texans
between April 14 and May 4. The margin of error
is plus or minus three percentage points.
Bishop Edmond Carmody of the Diocese of Corpus
Christi said the pope has no choice but to
follow church teachings.
"It's the teaching of the Lord," Carmody
told the Scripps Howard News Service for a
story in Monday's editions. "The pope
and all of us have to follow the teachings
of the Lord."
The poll also showed 55 percent of Texans believe
priests should be allowed to marry. Catholics
were divided on the issue, with 50 percent
supporting priests marrying and 45 percent
Support for women becoming priests garnered less
support in Texas, with 46 percent who favor
allowing women into the priesthood.
Again, Catholics were split on the issue - 43
percent agreed that women should be able to
become priests, and 50 percent disagreed.
On abortion, 33 percent of Texans supported making
Catholic doctrine less strict. Forty-nine percent
of Catholics said the pope should make the
doctrine less strict; 46 percent disagreed.
The poll also asked Texans their opinion of Pope
Benedict XVI. Thirty-six percent favored the
pope's election, 12 percent opposed it, and
52 percent didn't know.
Among Catholics, 65 percent favored his election.
<< Associated Press -- 5/23/05 >>
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